Atlas and Aurora

Over the past weekend, stunned and saddened like everyone else over the violence in Colorado, I took time to watch the movie Of Gods and Men for the third time. This was in preparation for an upcoming retreat. Watching that movie, about the monks of Our Lady of the Atlas Mountains, who were martyred during the Algerian Civil War in 1996, gave me a new and, I hope, contemplative perspective on both the shootings and how ordinary people might respond to them. The monks of Atlas lived Christlike … [Read more...]

“Of Gods and Men” DVD available for pre-order!

If Of Gods and Men, the luminous French movie about the monks killed during the civil war in Algeria, has not come to your city, or if you missed it, or if — like me — you consider this to be a "must own" film, then your wait is almost over. The North American release date for the DVD has been set for July 5. If you want to make sure you have it when it's released, you can now pre-order the DVD from Amazon.com. Not sure what the fuss is about? Watch the trailer or read my review. It's a … [Read more...]

Of Gods and Men: Of Martyrs for Life

Of Gods and Men, the award-winning French film about Cistercian monks who lived at the Monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria and who were killed in 1996 during the Algerian civil war, will begin showing in Atlanta next Friday, April 1. I had the privilege to attend an advance screening sponsored by Sony Pictures today. The film has already been screening in New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities, so you can fairly easily find reviews of it online. And for the most part, it's getting plenty of … [Read more...]

Two Movie Trailers to Check Out…

Here are trailers for two movies concerning monasticism in our time: The first one, Of Gods and Men is a French film that will be released in American theaters this February. The second one, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is available for rent or purchase from iTunes. … [Read more...]


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